I’m sure this won’t happen again any time soon.
On Wednesday, for instance, no less an authority than the UN’s World Health Organisation came out with the firm recommendation that we should all be aiming to cut our sugar intake by half and that children should not be given fizzy drinks at all.
That came just one day after Dame Sally Davies, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, proposed that a sugar tax needed to be introduced if we wanted to cut sugar intake and reduce obesity.
Yep, government busybodies advocate taxing sugar to gently nudge we the people into making the “correct” decisions. Nice.
The Daily Mail article continues.
And it came on the same day that an eminent New York cardiovascular research scientist warned that the long-running demonisation of fats, and saturated fats in particular, could be entirely misplaced.
The real killer, according to Dr James DaNicolantio, particularly when it comes to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes — those two scourges of the modern age — is sugar.
Perfect! Since all the do-gooders and busybodies are all worked up over sugar, its time (well if my back yard wasn’t still buried in knee-deep global warming) throw a few New York strip steaks on the grill.
Of course, this new ‘revelation’ raises an important question; for the last few decades, the do-gooders and busybodies have been telling us that fats, red meats and their ilk are killers. Now they are telling us sugar are the real killers. It sounds like these so-called studies are more junk science.
Two years ago, as he was cleaning an air vent hood at work, Jason Barnes was struck by a freak jolt of electricity. The accident wasn’t fatal, but he did end up losing part of his right arm. An aspiring drummer, Barnes was thunderstruck. He refused to give up, cobbling together his own make-shift drumming hand out of a brace and some springs.
The hand didn’t work perfectly, but through perseverance Barnes was able to secure himself acceptance to the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Little did Barnes know at the time, but his life was about to change for the better. He was about to become super-human.
At the institute, Barnes and his makeshift hand got drumming instructor Eric Sanders thinking. Sanders knew of a man who could remake Barnes hand. He could make it better, faster. Gil Weinberg, at Georgia Tech, was in the business of building robot drummers, but Barnes would be his first cyborg.
Amazing what perseverance and the entrepreneurial spirit is able to achieve.
Here’s a video of the new cyborg drummer in action:
Our cyborg drummer sounds pretty darn good.
If you read the Detroit News, you read this about the impending ‘tsunami’ of retail stores closing today:
That day of reckoning, some say, has arrived, with one retail watcher predicting a “tsunami” of store closings this year.
That prediction, by Brian Sozzi of Belus Capital Advisors in New York, was made in January. Radio Shack announced this week that it was closing up to 1,100 of its stores, and Staples said Thursday it was shutting 225 of its locations.
Even retailers that recently have been in expansion mode are trimming their store counts. Teen retailer Aeropostale is planning to close 175 stores in coming years. The Children’s Place, while continuing to open stores, will shutter 125 of its weakest shops by 2016.
It would be fun to point and laugh at clueless Obama voters except due to their lack of a basic understanding of economics. However, there are real life consequences to their support of the leftist agenda. A lot of people are losing their jobs.
Further signs of cuts in the industry came Wednesday, when Target said that it will eliminate 475 jobs worldwide, including some at its Minnesota headquarters, and not fill 700 empty positions.
Experts said these headlines are only the tip of the iceberg for the industry, which is set to undergo a multiyear period of shuttering stores and trimming square footage.
Just thought I’d point this out.
The AP recently ran a story smearing Trail Life USA, a new, and rapidly growing, alternative the Bout Scouts. Via Bookworm Room:
The photograph ran last Sunday in newspapers across the nation and generated hundreds of angry emails and some threatening telephone calls to Trail Life headquarters.
But it turns out that the boys were not saluting Hitler and contrary to the first Associated Press caption, they were not reciting a creed. The boys were singing “Taps,” a longtime Boy Scout tradition that the Texas Trail USA troop had adapted as their own.
The boys had gathered in a circle with their hands raised straight into the air. They gradually lowered their hands as they sang the song. It concludes with their hands flush against their side.
The picture AP selected to accompany their story about Trail Life?
Leftists / Democrats will stop at nothing to advance their agenda. Drag business owners to court if they object to participate in a gay wedding? Absolutely. Sue Nuns from the Little Sisters of the Poor because they refuse to provide birth control pills. Check. Launch a smear campaign against a youth organization because they aren’t down with allowing openly gay members or leaders. Not a problem.
Democrat politicians are completely supportive of this agenda.
How does the casual Democrat, the someone who isn’t overtly political, feels about being part of a movement that isn’t above smear and intimidation campaigns.
The flaming Q-Tip is a nice touch…
Re-writing the goals would send a message to developers that Maine residents must benefit from wind-power projects, supporters told the legislative Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.
“We should alter our goals to expand our economy, provide employment and lower electricity costs, so that when a developer looks at our state’s wind resources, they are encouraged to build these turbines here, employ as many Mainers as possible and provide lower electricity rates to Mainers,” said Republican Rep. Lance Harvell, of Farmington, who introduced the measure on behalf of LePage’s administration.
But critics say the governor’s measure will merely increase costs and regulatory burdens on wind project developers by forcing them to show how their proposals would affect electricity prices — something they say would be nearly impossible to do.
“(The administration is) irrationally opposed to clean energy like wind, and this bill is one in a series of obstacles to make it more difficult to build wind power in the state,” Glen Brand, chapter director of the Sierra Club Maine told The Associated Press.
Developers know that wind power is more expensive, so, naturally they will say its impossible to predict how their project the effect.
NASA is planning to have mission to one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa ready in 2025:
For a little while now, NASA has been hinting at the idea of sending a craft to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The theory is that this little frozen sphere could harbor life below its crust, but proving that will cost NASA in both dollars and lost sleep. To build a spacecraft capable of surviving the radiation and massive gravitational forces Jupiter hurls into its environs, NASA will have to put in quite a few extra hours.
The idea is to have a mission to Europa ready by 2025, one year after humanity reaches Mars.
Doesn’t anyone remember HAL’s admonition to stay away from Europa at the end of 2010: The year we make contact?
Of course politicians won’t get out of the stadium building business. Stadiums are too big a vanity project to pass up. Via PS.com:
Economists have long known stadiums to be poor public investments. Most of the jobs created by stadium-building projects are either temporary, low-paying, or out-of-state contracting jobs—none of which contribute greatly to the local economy. (Athletes can easily circumvent most taxes in the state in which they play.) Most fans do not spend additional money as a result of a new stadium; they re-direct money they would have spent elsewhere on movies, dining, bowling, tarot-card reading, or other businesses. And for every out-of-state fan who comes into the city on game day and buys a bucket of Bud Light Platinum, another non-fan decides not to visit and purchases his latte at the coffee shop next door. All in all, building a stadium is a poor use of a few hundred million dollars.
Vanity being what it is, Michigan and Detroit politicians and members of Detroit’s DDA couldn’t pass on the opportunity of adding a complex financing deal for construction of the Detroit Red Wings new home to their political resumes:
No money will come directly from the city’s general fund—something advocates of the deal are quick to point out—but instead the bulk of public funding will come by way of tax increment financing (TIF). Taxes captured in the 615-acre Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district will be poured into the project. The Michigan Strategic Fund, a state economic development agency, will issue 30-year tax-exempt bonds backed by three revenue streams: The aforementioned TIF capture, various other tax revenues from the DDA and Olympia Development, the Ilitch’s $2 billion enterprise.
The TIF capture will contribute at least $12.8 million annually, though it can’t exceed $15 million. The DDA will contribute about $2.15 million in separate tax collections. Olympia will toss in $11.5 million. And, as Crain’s Detroit detailed in July, public money will pay for $261.5 million (58 percent) of the construction costs, while Olympia only has to pay $188.4 million (42 percent).
If you’re searching for something particularly craven in the complicated financing structure—that is, something other than the careless use of public money itself—look to where, exactly, the tax capture comes from. In December 2012, the Michigan legislature restored Detroit’s ability to levy school-tax funds from the downtown district for economic development purposes. If that $12.8 million annual gift weren’t going to the Illitch empire, it would go to the state’s School Aid Fund.
This is not to say that the arena will take money out of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) general fund. “The state is making up the shortfalls,” said Bob Rossbach, spokesperson for the DDA. “So there is no difference to a student in Detroit Public Schools whether this money is refunding bonds or goes directly into the DPS budget.” But it is diminishing the state’s School Aid Fund by diverting the taxes for “economic development” purposes. Something, somewhere, is taking a hit.
Besides a nice entry on a resume for our elected officials, what do we the Michigan and Detroit taxpayers get in return for this very generous gift to our local NHL team? Not a whole lot:
Under a new deal hashed out between representatives of the team’s owners, Mike and Marian Ilitch, and state and local development authorities, the Red Wings will no longer have to share 10% of ticket proceeds, 7% of suite sales, 10% of food and beverage concessions, 5% of souvenir sales and other revenue from parking. All of that money — estimated to be about $7 million annually — would belong to the Ilitches’ Olympia Development of Michigan when the team moves north of downtown into a proposed $450-million arena.
Olympia Development will pick up 42% of the arena’s construction cost. The other 58% — the public’s share — will come from a complex financing arrangement that uses school and local property tax revenue collected by Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority to pay off state-issued bonds. The authority will own the arena and lease it — rent-free — to the Red Wings for up to 95 years.
Detroit Councilman Gabe Leland said the council did not publicly seek a share of the new arena’s naming rights when it considered legislation last month to advance the project. But the topic was raised in “backroom discussions” with Olympia Development, the arena’s operator, he said.
“It just didn’t seem like they were willing to budge,” Leland said.
Sports business experts say it’s no longer unusual for team owners to obtain 100% control over revenues from new venues that are built in part with public financing. As cities compete with one another to lure sports teams, owners can often bargain from a position of strength.
As a big time Red Wing fan, it is painful to say this: If a team owner threatens to take his team elsewhere, because another city is willing to dump millions building new facilities for pro sports teams, so be it. Let the other community take the financial bath.